Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee just got another honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Variety reports that Lee, whose work also ventures into television and film, was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre on July 18.
Lee is best known for co-creating popular comic book franchises like Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and X-Men with legendary artists including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. At the age of 94, he hasn’t retired or even slowed down. Lee continues to work in Los Angeles at his office with POW! Entertainment, where he masterminds new films and television projects. His most recent work includes UK sci-fi crime series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.
Lee went from writer to publisher in 1972, before moving to Los Angeles as part of Marvel’s TV and movie initiative in 1981. He joined Gill Champion at POW! Entertainment in 2000, where he has remained ever since. There, he generates ideas, which are then presented to a team of writers to develop for TV and comics.
“The super[hero] angle is the thing that’s fiction, but I tried to make everything else as realistic as possible,” Lee shared. “I try to think that if I had a superpower, what would my life be like?”
“They were not gods come down from the heavens,” added Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “We recognize ourselves in them, and in their struggle to do what’s right.”
Lee has also appeared in the films based off his Marvel Comics properties. From Iron Man to Spider-Man: Homecoming, he has popped up in over a dozen cameo roles, though his Thor cameo is his personal favorite. “It’s the only cameo that I’ve done that was two scenes. Now I’m hoping they’ll give me three scenes. Before you know it, I’ll be one of the actors in the movie,” he joked in an interview last month.
“I love what I do,” Lee said. “If I had to do anything else, I’d be miserable. If I weren’t coming into the office and working with the people [at POW! Entertainment], I would be sitting at home, watching television.”
: An earlier version of the story incorrectly described the ceremony as Stan Lee receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where in fact he was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony. The story has been updated to reflect this.
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